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  1. smallspy

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    Because they're not the same height. Dan
  2. smallspy

    Streetcar News

    The first issue with your hypothetical is that they'd have to build a spur into the Leslie Barns - which they've shown no inclination of doing. CP served the port lands until about 15 years ago, so if we were having this discussion that long ago - yes, they could have delivered the cars. In terms of how things are at present day, as for CN versus CP, considering that it costs $10+K to interchange a car between railroads, they would have likely used CN all of the way from Thunder Bay. Dan
  3. smallspy

    Streetcar News

    They did not. Apparently CP had issues last night and had to bypass Hillcrest. Probably hasn't in 40 years. Dan
  4. smallspy

    Streetcar News

    Except that supposedly pantographs have been purchased for the historic vehicles. Dan
  5. So will your heads all explode when you find out that they're arriving numbered in the 3100s? Dan
  6. smallspy

    Streetcar News

    That seems exceedingly shortsighted if true, seeing as how they haven't changed or reconfigured all of the overhead since last year - when the PCCs did just fine out there. Dan
  7. smallspy

    VIA Rail Canada

    That regulation was changed to allow other forms of signifying the end of a train in the CROR about 30 years ago. More recently however it remained an internal CN requirement until about 10 years ago or so. Dan
  8. smallspy

    GO Transit

    That's exactly it, and what a lot of people conveniently seem to forget about - most of the people on the Yonge Line are not going end-to-end, they're getting off well before Union Station. If every single person that got on at Finch was heading to Union, than the you wouldn't be able to shove any more people onto the trains at York Mills, not Bloor like it is today. Those that are heading to Union or points south are already likely to know about the GO train and may take it when convenient to do so. The other thing that the TTC seems to be discovering in their studies and research is that as you push the relief line further away from Yonge, the ridership grows. (Speaking to some of the people at the meetings, they're very seriously considering routing the DLR up Victoria Park rather than Don Mills because of this.) The Richmond Hill GO line simply isn't far enough away to make it a really worthwhile relief outlet for the subway. Then there's the issue of transfers to the GO train and how bloody inconvenient they are, but that has more to do with how GO has built and run the service than a function of where it goes and what its ultimate capacity is. Nonetheless, you will be very hard-pressed to convince people to get off of a bus, and walk 200+ meters outdoors to get to a station when that same bus can take them directly to a weather-protected, relatively short walk to a subway for just a bit more time. This doesn't mean that once the subway is extended to Highway 7 that it becomes time to scrap the Richmond Hill line - far from it. It will continue to be a useful way from people further out to get right to the bottom of downtown. But let's not lose sight of the fact that it can not and never will not be a replacement for the DRL. Dan
  9. smallspy

    Gillig product discussion

    They may have spec'd Skoda motors on Vancouver's E40LFs, but Kiepe has been well known to spec and build their own control systems, right down to the traction motors. Dan
  10. smallspy

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    You are in NO position to be saying when a streetcar *should* have been going back, Dave. None of us are. Get off of your high horse. Dan
  11. smallspy

    TTC Service Changes

    Frankly it won't matter for the Orion VIIs much anyways, as they are set to be retired in the next month or so. Dan
  12. smallspy

    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    It did. This is seen as one of the reasons of its failure, as the trains had to arrive at the junctions within a specific window of time in order to get their routing. If they missed that window, they would have to wait for the next one - bogging down service. Precisely. In theory however there's no reason why they didn't use them for the interlining operation, or even later on to indicate to the signalling system what trains were running into the yards at the end of service. It doesn't seem that this was ever done here. Dan
  13. smallspy

    VIA Rail Canada

    The lack of sanders does not appear to be an issue, as the FRA has made allowances for inoperative, faulty or even a lack of sanders in its rules. Rather, there are many, many, many other aspects of TC's rules and regulations that the VIA units meet that prevent them from running in the US. Dan
  14. smallspy

    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    Is it? My understanding was that the Governments have promised the money, but have not actually signed any agreements and allocated it to the various agencies that will be receiving it to dispense for the project. Dan
  15. smallspy

    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    As far as I can find, they were only used to change the signs here in Toronto. And yes, specifically they were used for the St. Clair West short turn runs. In theory though, the coils could have been used for routing. I understand that they were in Philadelphia and New York. I've never found any information about their early usage in Toronto beyond their activation of the "next train" signs. Dan